Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport
approximately 15 miles (22 minutes) from hotel.
Estimated taxi fare: $36 each way for 1 or 2 people.
Estimated shared van fare: $24 one way; $44 round trip.
Mass transit: less than $3 (with transfer); bus at airport to second bus on Canal (very short walk between buses). See route here.
Both Uber and Lyft service the area.
The hotel is located at 500 Canal Street.
The official ground transportation company for the New Orleans Airport is Airport Shuttle New Orleans (504-522-3500 phone; 866-596-2699 toll free). Advance reservations are recommended.
MESA no longer contracts with airlines because the best fares typically can be found on the internet through the various available travel portals.
Overnight Valet parking $46 (no self parking)
In a June 26, 2018 ruling, the Supreme Court found constitutional Presidential Proclamation 9645. 9645 restricts travel to the U.S. from nationals of five Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. Please see the July 20 memo from MESAʼs Task Force on Civil and Human Rights for further information.
Even with a valid visa, it is important for international travelers to stay abreast of developments. We recommend reading Know Your Rights: What To Do When Encountering Law Enforcement at Airports and Other Ports of Entry into the U.S. These helpful tips from the ACLU will serve as a guide to anyone undergoing stringent evaluation at the airport. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has created a Border Search Pocket Guide that can be printed and carried during travel.
Visa Waiver Program
Changes to the Visa Waiver Program were implemented in November 2015. Changes include new passport requirements (e-passports), the Electronic System of Travel Authorization (ESTA) which all VWP applicants must use, and restrictions on people who have traveled to Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Sudan, and Yemen since March 1, 2011. If you have traveled to one of those countries you cannot travel to the US under the VWP. You will need a visa. Information.
As of April 1, 2016, e-passports are required for those traveling under the VWP. These passports have a machine-readable zone on the biographic page, and a digital chip containing biometric information about the passport owner. Information.
Electronic System for Travel Authorization
The Department of Homeland Security has established the “Electronic System for Travel Authorization,” an automated system to determine eligibility to travel under the VWP. All persons traveling under the VWP must apply for an ESTA. Approved ESTA applications are good for a period of two years. Further information is available here.
As always, we suggest getting everything in order for travel to the U.S. in advance of purchasing airline tickets. We encourage you to read the information on these new programs by following the above links.
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